This author has two indoor/outdoor cats, Rosemary and Buddy, and
she has never had any problem with them having fleas, which she
attributes to the consistent use of this carpet freshener.
Many have never thought about using pure essential oils in their cleaning routines, but as we become increasingly aware as a society of the
environmental hazards of chemical pesticides and cleaners, pure
essential oils become a natural alternative to enhance our home
and lives in a natural, environmentally friendly way.
Start with a box of borax, available in the detergent section at the grocery store. (This is the aisle I spend the least amount of time in because of the strong chemical smells and overpowering artificial perfumes that scent all the products.)
To 2 cups of borax, add 25 drops of pure essential oil. Make sure the drops of oil are crushed well and evenly distributed in the borax. To apply it to the carpet or rug, try shaking it off a large spoon or out of a large can with a shaker lid. An old powder bottle works well.
I have two indoor/outdoor cats, Rosemary and Buddy, and I have never had any problem with fleas on them. I attribute this to the consistent use of the borax mixture on my rugs and carpets. If you go into a pet supply store and ask for a natural flea repellant, they will often suggest products manufactured in Florida that contain sweet orange oil. However, using sweet orange oil directly on an animal is not recommended.
Adapted from The Essential Oils Book, by Colleen K. Dodt (Storey Books, 1996). Copyright (c) 1996 by Colleen K. Dodt. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Essential Oils Book, by Colleen K. Dodt (Storey Books, 1996).